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Gripen at RIAT 2014

Two Gripen fighters have been confirmed (for air and static display) to participate at Royal International Air Tattoo 2015, one of world's largest military airshows..

The first Royal International Air Tattoo was held at North Weald Airfield in 1971 and was inspired by two air traffic controllers, Paul Bowen and Tim Prince. In 1976, international flying machines debuted in the exercise and over the years, RIAT has emerged as an enormous military event with more than 250 aircraft participating each year. 

RIAT 2015 will be held between 17 and 19 July.

Know more about RIAT here.

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The last date to enter the competition is September 1, 2015.

Know more about the contest: Gripen Photo Contest

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Denel Dynamics has bagged a five-year production contract for the A-Darter air-to-air missile, to be integrated with SAAF Gripen C/D fighters, reports IHS Jane's.

According to the report, the missiles have been developed under SAAF’s Project Kamas which commenced in 2011. The missiles will complement the small batch of IRIS-T missiles which are already integrated with SAAF Gripen C/D.

A-Darter is a fifth-generation Imaging Infrared (IIR) SRAAM air-to-air missile system with capabilities like a lock-on after launch, memory tracking and thrust-vector control that gives it a very high angle of attack. The missile also features countermeasures resistance with a 180-degrees look angle and 120-degrees per second track rate.

Besides Gripen, A-Darter missiles will be integrated to SAAF’s Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainer. Denel is also discussing a production contract with Brazil which may use A-Darter for its upgraded F-5s and Gripen E/F in future.

Read the full story here.

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Brazilian TV channel Fantastico’s journalist Roberto Kovalick flew in the Gripen, joining the select ranks of about 600 people who have flown the Swedish fighter so far. Among those are the Brazilian pilots Gustavo Pascotto and Ramon Fórneas who will be among the first from the Brazilian Air Force to fly the fighters. Among the grueling tests that prepares them for their mission is the centrifugal which simulates 9G conditions and is a critical test for the ability to fly the plane. 

The Brazilian fighter pilots have spent three months learning to operate the Gripen and now they are undergoing combat training, which, in modern fighters, with all the technology, can take place outside visual range. "We are also provided visual combat training as you see in the old movies, which is really eye-to-eye fighting," says Captain Ramón Fórneas.

Roberto Kovalick prepared for his flight on the simulator. Once he learned the basics, the commander at the simulator gave him the go ahead for more intricate maneuvers: “The simulator is fantastic. We see the earth spinning and I see rivers on top of me and I'm giving a full turn with the plane. It is a spectacular sensation. It's like it's happening in reality, but in total safety. If something goes wrong, no one gets hurt," he says.

Roberto Kovalick now gets an opportunity to fly the aircraft. "We're finally taking off with the Gripen. One of the features of this aircraft is that it needs a very short runway to ...

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This year, the Swedish Air Force Gripen plays an important role in a number of training events held in the Baltic Sea region, reports Forsvarsmakten.

Baltic Region Training Event – BRTE

The first BRTE was held in 2008. The training exercise focuses on interoperability and cooperation between NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations like Sweden and Finland.

According to Forsvarsmakten, BRTE has many elements and Sweden is taking part in step exercises that aim to improve the pilot's ability to maneuver Gripen in the presence of different types of aircraft.

Finland-Sweden Training Event

This training event provides a cost-effective support for the training of the fighter pilots of the participating nations. The ongoing training exercise has preplanned mission scenarios which will be most likely performed above the sea.

Arctic Challenge Exercise – ACE

Carried out in cooperation between Finland, Sweden and Norway, Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE) has evolved from the earlier Swedish exercises - Nordic Air Meet and Cross Border Training. The first ACE was carried out in 2013.

The exercise aims to increase ability to collaborate with other nations to solve tasks in composite joints. It also aims to develop the ability to conduct aerial refueling and improve tactical management of air forces.

ACE 2015 will be held from 25 May to 5 June.

Read the full story: Flygvapnets övningar i Östersjöregionen – vad är vad?

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Gripen is built for information sharing and collaboration. Its unique data fusion and datalink capabilities are powerful communications solutions, providing superior information advantages.

Photo: Christo Crous​

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​​Last month, Royal Thai Air Force welcomed China’s August 1st Aerobatics team at its 6th Airborne Division. ACM Wongpinkaew presided over the ceremony.

On the ocasion, RTAF Gripen and August 1st aerobatic team’s J-10 aircraft flew in various formations for an aerial photography flight. Here are a few snapshots:​

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Image Courtesy:RTAF​

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A Saab team recently presented the Initial Technical Feasibility Study of the Sea Gripen to Brazil's Department of Aeronautics of the Navy (DAerM), reports Defesa Aerea & Naval.

On 24 February, a group of Saab engineers and Brazilian Air Force officials visited DAerM to discuss the study that confirmed that a naval version of Gripen NG can safely operate in future.

During the visit, DAerM’s Director Rear Admiral Carlos Frederico Carneiro Primo stressed on the importance of FX2 for technology transfer and building self sufficiency in terms of developing defence products. He also pointed out that the development of Sea Gripen will not only consolidate this technology transfer process but also add to the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy.

The report adds that according to initial estimates, a similarity of 90-95% is expected between Gripen NG and the Sea Gripen.

Like Gripen NG, Sea Gripen will also have enhanced features like superior sensor fusion abilities, Selex Raven AESA radar and Infra-Red Search and Track.

Read the full story here.

Hungarian Gripen pilot Viktor Lango shares his experience of participating in Air Superiority 2015 in Sweden and firing his first missile.

Viktor explains that during the missions, the team had to chase an unmanned aerial vehicle/drone which deployed flares creating infra-red signature for the missile. The missile then detected the heat source and followed it.

“​This was the first time I fired a missile and it was also the first time I used an air to air gun. It was a really interesting mission. It was an important day in my career which I will always remember,” Viktor says.

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A Gripen aircraft, modified and loaded with latest software, has landed at FMV's test site in Linköping, reports Fmv.se.

According to the report, new weapons and radar functions are some of the many new features that are being tested with the Gripen C/D system at the test site.

“We are now entering into the final phase of finishing the so-called material system controls. The goal is to deliver this major update of the Gripen system to the Armed Forces as soon as possible, says Robert Noven, test engineer at FMV T & E.

Robert is responsible for testing and evaluation of various components of the MS20 upgrade. He is preparing for air exercises to verify and validate the system before the update is delivered to the Swedish Air Force troops.

According to the FMV report, the new upgrades include new Meteor missile, new weapons, new radar system, GCA (Ground Collision Avoidance System) and enhanced collaboration features like Link 16.

Read the full story: FMV provar ny mjukvara till JAS39

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